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Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) November 4, 2022 (November 1, 2022)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


001-36061     46-2346314


File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

100 Benefitfocus Way, Charleston, South Carolina 29492

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (843) 849-7476



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:


Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)


Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)


Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))


Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class




Name of each exchange

on which registered

Common Stock, $0.001 Par Value   BNFT   Nasdaq Global Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this Chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this Chapter).

Emerging Growth Company  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐





On November 3, 2022, Benefitfocus, Inc. (the “Company”) filed a Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Original 8-K”) disclosing its entry into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) by and among the Company, Voya Financial, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Parent”) and Origami Squirrel Acquisition Corp, a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”) on November 1, 2022. This Amendment No. 1 to the Original 8-K is being filed solely to correct a scrivener’s error contained in Exhibit 2.1 to the Original 8-K (in Section 9.2(a) therein). Exhibit 2.1 filed with this Amendment No. 1 replaces Exhibit 2.1 to the Original 8-K in its entirety, and all other disclosures in, and exhibits to, the Original 8-K remain unchanged.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this communication may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of words such as, but not limited to, “anticipate,” “believe,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “plan,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “would,” and similar expressions or variations intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of our management based on information currently available to management.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results and the timing of certain events to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include the following: (i) conditions to the completion of the proposed transaction, including stockholder approval of the proposed transaction, may not be satisfied or the regulatory approval required for the proposed transaction may not be obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (ii) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement between the parties to the proposed transaction; (iii) the effect of the announcement or pendency of the proposed transaction on the Company’s customers, suppliers, business relationships, operating results and business generally; (iv) the risk that the proposed transaction disrupts the Company’s current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in the Company’s employee retention as a result of the proposed transaction; (v) the risk related to diverting management’s attention from our ongoing business operations; (vi) potential litigation that may be instituted against the Company or its directors or officers related to the proposed transaction or the merger agreement between the parties to the proposed transaction; (vii) the amount of the costs, fees, expenses and other charges related to the proposed transaction; (viii) the risk that the proposed transaction will not be consummated in a timely manner; and (ix) such other factors as are set forth in the Company’s periodic public filings with the SEC, including but not limited to those described under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Forward Looking Statements” in its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and in its other filings made with the SEC from time to time, which are available via the SEC’s website at

The Company’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication or as of the date they are made. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any “forward looking statement” made in this communication to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed transaction of the Company by Parent. In connection with the proposed transaction, the Company will file with the SEC and furnish to its stockholders a proxy statement on Schedule 14A and other relevant documents. STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE COMPANY’S PROXY STATEMENT, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain the documents free of charge at the SEC’s web site,, and the Company’s stockholders will receive information at an appropriate time on how to obtain transaction-related documents free of charge from the Company. Such documents are not currently available.

Participants in Solicitation

The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in the proxy statement for the Company’s 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on May 9, 2022. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interest of such participants by reading the proxy statement regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available.


Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.



Description of Exhibit

2.1*    Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated November 1, 2022, by and among Benefitfocus, Inc., Voya Financial, Inc. and Origami Squirrel Acquisition Corp.



Schedules have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. The Company hereby undertakes to furnish supplemental copies of any omitted schedules upon request by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; provided, however, that the Company may request confidential treatment pursuant to Rule 24b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, for any schedules so furnished.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


Date: November 4, 2022     By:  

/s/ Alpana Wegner

    Name:   Alpana Wegner
    Title:   Chief Financial Officer
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